By Khaled Anatolios
This ebook offers the basic parts of Athanasius' reaction to the primary questions of the id of Jesus and the character of his courting with God. supplying an invaluable creation on his lifestyles and paintings, the ebook makes a speciality of the tumultuous doctrinal controversies of the day within which he used to be a relevant determine. Key choices from his writings, newly translated, have all been selected in an effort to proposing the reason for Athanasius' basic theological positions: the divinity and humanity of Christ, human redemption, the divinity and paintings of the Holy Spirit, the common sense of Christian worship, and the scriptural foundation for the doctrinal formulations of the Council of Nicaea. scholars of heritage and classical experiences, or even scholars of non secular experiences will locate this an important a part of their direction interpreting.
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Therefore, God arranged creation through his INTRODUCTION 33 Word so that, although his nature is invisible, he might nevertheless become known to humanity from his works. (Against the Greeks 35)121 Thus, the dialectical simultaneity of God’s beyondness and the divine love that mitigates this beyondness characterizes God’s relation with created humanity from the very beginning of creation. Creation is understood as the act whereby the one who is “beyond all being” becomes the generous source of created being, and desires to grant humanity knowledge of and communion with himself.
Displeased and alarmed by the towering figure that Athanasius now assumed in Egypt, Julian issued an unlikely interpretation of his original decree, explaining that he meant only to allow bishops back to their country of residence, rather than to the resumption of their episcopal duties. 100 As Athanasius and his supporters protested, Julian became more obdurate, now insisting that Athanasius depart not only from Alexandria but from Egypt altogether. Having re-entered Alexandria on 21 February 362, Athanasius was thus forced to make his way out again on 23 October of the same year, his fourth exile.
For Athanasius, the history of humanity since the fall of Adam is the story of an accumulating momentum of decline which was bound to lead to humanity’s utter destruction. ” Against the Greeks—On the Incarnation presents the most detailed depiction by Athanasius of the ascending structure of the human being and its inversion through sin. Such detailed anthropological reflection became considerably more sparse as his theology became more explicitly polemical and preoccupied with more specifically Christological and Trinitarian concerns.
Athanasius (The Early Church Fathers) by Khaled Anatolios